Windows 10 will soon be set to automatically download to your computer October 31st, 2015
Windows 10 will soon be set to automatically download to computers currently installed with Windows 7 or 8.1 without the computer users consent.
“Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue.”
In a more recent change to Windows update, the Windows 10 upgrade will be considered “optional” and could or will be downloaded if a user has the computer set to install automatic updates, even with the “Automatic Updates” option disabled.
You can check how your computer receive updates by going to the Control Panel, click on Windows Updates and the in the upper left corner click on ‘Choose how Windows can install updates’.
I found out the hard way that when I manually ran Windows Update the so called Windows 10 optional update was selected (checked) an start the download process. Since I install my updates in small batches, I found out that simply unchecking this optional update and hiding it did not work as the next time I ran Windows Update it was back and checked, I unchecked it again and hide it a second time. It took four tries before I finally rid myself of this unwanted (at least not at this time) upgrade.
Forbes reported Microsoft claimed an “accident” caused the download to begin installing on many computers without user permission.
We will soon be publishing Windows 10 as an “Optional Update” in Windows Update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. Windows Update is the trusted, logical location for our most important updates, and adding Windows 10 here is another way we will make it easy for you to find your upgrade.
Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update”. Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.